ERG Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy

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 ERG Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy

Describe the similarities and differences between the ERG Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy. How have you used either of the two theories in daily life? Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.

Partial Solution

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a familiar theory. The baked-in concepts are people are intrinsically good and seek lifelong improvement (Baack, 2017). The Hierarchy of Needs is rooted in satisfying basic human desires and progressing to the pyramid’s next level. The bottom of the pyramid, or basic level of needs, is the fulfillment of food, financial means, clothing, and shelter. Adequately satisfying this need will allow for progression into level two, safety. Humans need to feel safe in their home environment. The work environment needs to be secure and offer protection from harm. People innately need to belong to a peer group, work group, family unit, romantic relationship, or hobbyist clubs to satisfy our social side. Appropriately meeting these needs will afford a person esteem. Esteem is built by giving and receiving respect from peers and subordinates. Esteem is also built from receiving recognitions for performance, tenure, or leadership. If all these desires are met, a person will achieve self-actualization. Maslow felt very few could reach the pyramid’s tip. Self-actualization believes your work, volunteer days, or time is being devoted to something meaningful and impactful to others. It is also about being genuine, authentic, and true to yourself.


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